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Partners’ South Shore Hospital bid draws scrutiny

Federal investigators have joined Massachusetts officials in closely scrutinizing a bid by Partners HealthCare System to acquire South Shore Hospital, one of a growing number of inquiries by regulators concerned that rapid consolidation among US hospitals could drive up health costs.

Investigators from the US Department of Justice and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office recently spoke with top-level staff from at least three hospital systems that compete with Partners and one health plan, said several people in the health care industry with knowledge of the inquiry.

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